Roger Michell to direct The Duke
A new feature film based on the true story of the UK’s first art heist, the theft of Goya’s Duke of Wellington, is in the pipeline.
The Duke is produced by Neon Films’ Nicky Bentham in association with Pathé, with Roger Michell set to direct.
Deadline recently reported that Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren are lined up to star.
The Goya painting was first displayed in the National Gallery in 1961 only to be stolen 19 days later.
Four years on, retired bus driver Kempton Bunton used a railway left-luggage office to return the picture and an intriguing backstory subsequently unravelled.
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Michell’s latest film, Blackbird, premiered at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The feature stars Kate Winslet, Mia Wasikowska and Susan Sarandon and is a remake of the Danish film Silent Heart.
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